The Rio Negro Brazil

Our favorite peacock bass fishing destination is the mighty Rio Negro in Brazil! The Rio Negro (Black River) is the major N-S tributary that merges with the Rio Solimoes in Manaus to become the even mightier Amazon River – the largest river in the world. More volume of freshwater flows through the Amazon than the other top 9 rivers in the world! That’s BIG!

The flooded Amazon jungle alongside the might Rio Negro in Brazil!
The flooded Amazon jungle alongside the might Rio Negro in Brazil!

In spots the Rio Negro is 20 miles wide at regular size and can expand well beyond that in high water like the conditions we saw in late February 2012. The large number of islands and channels make the Negro appear to be smaller but the channels, bays and tributaries go on and on, making it seem like a river with no end!

Anglers running one of the endless channels of the Rio Negro searching for peacock bass gold!
Anglers running one of the endless channels of the Rio Negro searching for peacock bass gold!

An important note – with the endless channels and runs that all look alike, and the sheer massive size of the Rio Negro,  it is critical that you hook up with experienced guides who know the river intimately so you’ll never get lost, and they put you on the fish! Ron Speed Jr’s Adventures has the most experienced knowledgeable guides on the Amazon River!

Know where you're going for sure when running the myriad of channels through the Amazon Jungle!
Know where you’re going for sure when running the myriad of channels through the Amazon Jungle!

There are so many amazing things to see along the Rio Negro. It truly is the most unique, exciting adventure every day you head out on the boat in search of more fishing knowing that you will see exotic creatures big and small all while having a shot at world record size Peacock Bass!

Spectacled Caiman hides in the flooded undergrowth along the Rio Negro, waiting to ambush unsuspecting prey or a lure that gets too close!
Spectacled Caiman hides in the flooded undergrowth along the Rio Negro, waiting to ambush unsuspecting prey or a lure that gets too close!

 

When the Rio Negro is high, usually due to rains far upriver, the jungle sometimes catches you! Expert peacock bass guide G dives for a snagged lure during a fishing day.
When the Rio Negro is high, usually due to rains far upriver, the jungle sometimes catches you! Expert peacock bass guide G dives for a snagged lure during a fishing day.

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